Cultural Facilities Fund: Stories of Impact

Who can tell the story about our cultural venues better than the folks who see their impact everyday? That’s why we have partnered with the arts and cultural organizations that have received cultural facilities grants in these past two years of strong state investment. Their stories show the full array of the benefits that the Cultural Facilities Fund brings to the statewide creative community. 

Check out our featured stories: 

Support from the Cultural Facilities Fund has helped The Hanover Theatre to revitalize downtown Worcester and act as an economic driver for the region. 


How did the Cultural Facilities Fund elevate Artist For Humanity’s great work? State investment helped them reach more young artists and provide them with paid work and entrepreneurial skills. For more, just ask these young participants themselves:


Pressed to restore its aging 19th century building, Fitchburg Art Museum received a cultural facilities grant and got to work to open the space back up to the public. Their revamped facility – home to their permanent collection and major exhibitions – draws in visitors and helps the community flourish as a cultural destination:


The New Bedford Whaling Museum just started work on its new Wattles Jacob Education Center, thanks to state investment from the Cultural Facilities Fund. Watch to see how the Museum serves its community everyday through its programming and education:


The Springfield Museums will leverage state investment to restore the historic William Pynchon Memorial Building, and make it the home of their upcoming exhibit, "The Amazing World of Doctor Seuss".


With help from the Cultural Facilities Fund, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod took the site of a building that was seemingly beyond saving and transformed it into a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility. Check out the striking before and after shots, and see how their new education wing serves the public:


Hopkinton Center for the Arts was able to renovate a 19th century dairy barn into a classroom, studio, & rehearsal space, as well as construct two new buildings - all with the help of the Cultural Facilities Fund.

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